Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Time runs out for Cal coach Ben Braun

Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 5:13 PM

The countdown for Cal hoops coach Ben Braun is done. Fired early this afternoon, it's time to sum up a career.

12-The number of years Ben Braun had as Cal basketball coach.

11-Post-season victories in his Golden Bear career.

10-The last full year (2010) that Braun will still be on the Cal payroll. Severance pay $985,000 to watch the team on TV, or not!

9-The place Cal finished in the Pac-10

8-The other place the Bears finished in the Pac-10 in the last three of the past four years

7-Losses in his last nine games at Cal is what made this year's spin-out more egregious, I suppose.

6-The number of Pac-10 teams that made the NCAA tournament this year. Cal's been there once in the past five years.

5-The number of fans who attended Cal's N.I.T. home game against New Mexico to give Braun his final victory at Cal (OK, it was 1,906 but that's like five seats per customer)

4-The number of starters who are going to return for next year. But don't feel like Braun's getting hosed; his best year at Berkeley, his first was done on the backs of former coach Todd Bozeman's recruits.

3-The number of wins it takes to get past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. That's one more than Braun ever won.

2-Schools Braun coached at before he joined Cal, and is likely twice the number he has in front of him.

1-Lonely banner hanging at Haas Pavilion, the 1999 N.I.T championship. At the time that was thought to be pretty weak, compared to winning the Pac-10 title.

0-The number of Pac-10 titles won in Braun's time at Cal.— Kibby Kleiman

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